Explore Plants

Welcome to Explore Plants. Our goal is to assemble and disseminate information that will encourage the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes throughout North America. The Native Plant Information Network (NPIN) is designed to inform a broad audience ranging from members of the general public such as homeowners, wildflower enthusiasts, and gardeners to practicing professionals such as botanists, land managers, and government personnel.

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About the Native Plant Information Network (NPIN)

Now, more than ever, there is a need to bridge the gap between people and the natural world, a need to foster understanding and appreciation of the plant world, and a need to provide local, regional, and national audiences with scientifically accurate resources about their native plant heritage. Since its inception in 1982, the Wildflower Center has fulfilled those needs beginning with a mail-order Clearinghouse and continuing with its modern-day equivalent, the Native Plant Information Network (NPIN) - the Wildflower Center's national web portal for native plant information and resources.

Become a Contributor

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is committed to developing a premier resource for native plant information in North America through continued growth of the Native Plant Information Network (NPIN). You can help us achieve our mission by contributing high-quality images and data to the Native Plant Information Network. Please contact Dr. Damon Waitt, Senior Botanist, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to discuss how you can help this project grow.

Regional Spotlight: Southwest

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Native plant: Styphnolobium affine (Eve's necklace, Eve's necklacepod, Texas sophora) Eves necklace, a 15-30 ft., spineless shrub or tree, bears light-green, graceful leaflets and fragrant, pink, wisteria-like blooms. A tall shrub or small tree with thin, scaly, reddish brown bark on older wood and with smooth twigs. On limestone slopes, in valley bottoms, and on soils underlain with limestone in upland situations. Seeds reputed to be poisonous. Leaves divided into 6 to 8 pairs of leaflets and a terminal one on an axis up to 9 inches long, leaflets elliptic to oval, averaging an inch long, with a rounded, indented, or pointed tip, smooth margins, and a rounded or tapered base. Flowers fragrant, white tinged with rose, 1/2 inch long, arranged along axes up to 6 inches long, appearing in March and April. Fruit a long, rounded pod, constricted between the seeds, often with only 1 or a few seeds, the swollen part of the pod black, and the constrictions covered with gray hairs.
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Mr. Smarty Plants: When is a good time to visit Texas to see the Bluebonnets?
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Supplier: American Desert Plants Inc. (Tucson, AZ) We specialize in large specimen plants that are salvaged and collected from the Sonoran, Mohave, and Chihuahuan deserts. We carry a wide selection of yuccas, agaves, cacti, dasylirion, fouqieria, nolinas, and countless other types of low water use.
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Organization: DeWitt County Wildflower Association (Cuero, TX)
The DeWitt County Wildflower Association is a non-profit civic group which promotes the enjoyment and knowledge of wildflowers. DeWitt County's unique location in south-central Texas provides the perfect environment for over 1000 different species of native wildflowers which bloom throughout the year. Each of the native flowering plants has been catalogued by common name (e.g. "Bluebonnet"), scientific name (Lupinus texensis), and family name (Legume). Since many different species are blooming in April, the DeWitt County Wildflower Association invites the public to come and enjoy the beauty of "DeWitt County Lanes and Byways" during the month. This is the ONLY month-long exhibit in the State of Texas!
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Book: "Attracting Birds: From the Prairies to the Atlantic" (New York, Crowell) Out of Print--Limited Availability
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